BARBENHEIMER Rules: Conflating BARBIE and OPPENHEIMER – Pam Grady Comments

There are places where the two films intersect, making Barbenheimer less ridiculous than the memes suggest: Both Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and Barbie (Margot Robbie) are midcentury icons, Oppenheimer as the father of the atomic bomb that forever changed the way humans live in the world, and Barbie as the doll that broke the mold, freeing little girls from the tyranny of baby dolls and forever changing the way children play with dolls.

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OPPENHEIMER – Review by Rachel West

Nolan pieces the film together out of chronological order, sometimes whipping between pre- and post-bomb at a clip, switching from colour to black-and-white. It doesn’t make the narrative hard to follow, but the frequent cutting doesn’t give scenes enough time to breathe, lessening their impact on the audience. The climax of the film is undoubtedly the desert Trinity test of the bomb capabilities. Arriving at around the two-hour mark, what makes this whole sequence of events stand out is that Nolan gives it time to build tension and unfold in front of the audience instead of time-hopping to the next scene.

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DOLITTLE – Review by Susan Granger

So many questions occurred to me whilst watching this live-action adaptation of British author Hugh Lofting’s beloved veterinarian who could communicate with animals. Like, why didn’t they use its original title: The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle? What’s with Robert Downey Jr.’s bizarre accent? Why don’t the lip movements of the computer-generated creatures match their dialogue? And why have audiences never connected with cinematic depictions of this childhood hero?

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DOLITTLE – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Unfortunately, this movie is a prime example of the half-baked idea that Stephen Gaghan, a director known for filmswith intense violence, can cross over into classic children’s literature genre. The beloved “Dr. Dolittle,” books originating in 1920 by Hugh Lofting, were written and intended for children ages nine and ten. There are two reasons why I can’t recommend this film: the fear-provoking violence of animals fighting one another, and an actual ‘dark tonal’ problem with the character of Dr. Dolittle.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 2 – May 8 – CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR

Opening May 6, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Captain America: Civil War, the latest outing for Marvel’s patriotic superhero which sees a rift between two of the Avengers cause a major rift in the group – which could have dire consequences for the rest of humanity. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 27-May 3: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

Opening May 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latest instalment in the superhero franchise from writer/director Joss Whedon. This time round, the Avengers must team up to defeat the villainous Utron (voiced by James Spader). Read on…

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